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BC-CT--Connecticut News Digest 6 pm, CT

April 9, 2019

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TOP STORIES:

NEWTOWN SHOOTING-GUN MAKER

Facing a newly revived wrongful death lawsuit in Connecticut over the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, gun-maker Remington is going to the U.S. Supreme Court to argue it can’t be sued because of a much-debated federal law that shields firearms manufacturers from liability in most cases. By Dave Collins. SENT: 550 words, photos.

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY

“Full House” star Lori Loughlin, her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, and 14 other parents were hit Tuesday with a new charge in the sweeping college admissions bribery scheme. The move comes a day after fellow actress Felicity Huffman, 12 other parents and a coach agreed to plead guilty _ signaling an escalation in the case against the parents who are continuing to fight the allegations against them. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 500 words, file photos.

With: COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY-THE LATEST

MASSACHUSETTS GAMBLING-WYNN

Wynn Resorts removed its security chief after he acknowledged spying on a former employee following allegations of sexual misconduct against company founder Steve Wynn came to light. CEO Matthew Maddox said James Stern, the executive vice president of corporate security, was informed Saturday the company would “no longer require his services,” according to a lengthy legal brief to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission released Tuesday. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 400 words, photos.

TROOPER DEATH-CRASH

Law enforcement officers from New England and Canada are attending a funeral for a Maine State Police detective who died while assisting a driver. Detective Ben Campbell was injured when a tire dislodged from a logging truck and struck him while he was outside his vehicle Wednesday alongside Interstate 95. SENT: 500 words, photos.

DAIRY HELP

A federal program to help struggling dairy farmers that was delayed by the government shutdown is expected to be running in June. UPCOMING: 400 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ SEXTORTION PENALTIES-CONNECTICUT: Connecticut lawmakers are moving closer toward toughening the criminal penalties for certain offenders of so-called “sextortion.” SENT.

_ PARDONED WOMAN-DEPORTATION: A federal appeals court has temporarily put a stop to a deportation order for a Connecticut woman being detained for criminal convictions even though she has received a pardon from the state. SENT.

_ HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION: Police say a Windsor Locks man arrested on a murder charge sent messages from the victim’s phone to make it appear as though he were still alive. SENT.

_ UCONN BOARD: Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont says he’s planning to make big changes to the University of Connecticut’s Board of Trustees. SENT.

_ HISTORIC THEATER FIRE: Police say a third juvenile has been charged in connection with a fire in January that destroyed a long-closed Connecticut theater where Katharine Hepburn, Christopher Plummer, James Earl Jones and other stars once performed. SENT.

_ UNIVERSITY-RACIST GRAFFITI: Authorities are investigating racist slurs spray painted on two buildings at a Connecticut university. SENT.

_ HUMAN TRAFFICKING RING: A six-member jury has begun deliberations in the trial of a Connecticut businessman charged in connection with what prosecutors say was a human trafficking ring that preyed on mentally ill and intellectually disabled boys and young men. UPCOMING: 130 words.

_ BRYANT-STUDENT-ATHLETES CHARGED: Police say three student-athletes at Bryant University in Rhode Island, including one from Connecticut, have been charged in connection with an alleged assault on campus. SENT.

_ FRIENDLY’S RESTAURANTS-CLOSINGS: The Friendly’s ice cream and restaurant chain has closed 23 more restaurants around the Northeast, including three in Connecticut. The Wilbraham, Massachusetts-based company cited dramatic changes in the areas where some restaurants are located for the closures of the corporate-owned shops. SENT.

SPORTS:

BLUE JAYS-RED SOX

The defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox play their home opener at Fenway Park. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. First pitch set for 2:05 p.m.

RED SOX BANNER

The Boston Red Sox raised their fourth World Series banner since 2004 before the home opener against the Toronto Blue Jays. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 500 words, photos

YANKEES-ASTROS

Houston’s Gerrit Cole opposes New York rookie Jonathan Loaisiga when the Astros and Yankees continue a three-game series. The Astros won the opener 4-3 to extend their winning streak to four games. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET.

TWINS-METS

NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom, who has not allowed a run in 13 innings this season, starts for the New York Mets in an interleague series opener against the Minnesota Twins and Kyle Gibson, who has a 9.64 ERA after failing to get a decision in his season debut. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

CELTICS-WIZARDS

The Boston Celtics visit the Washington Wizards. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

KNICKS-BULLS

Teams with two of the three worst records in the NBA meet as the Chicago Bulls host the New York Knicks in their final home game. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.

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